District 7 E-Newsletter

Councilwoman Paula McCraney 601 W. Jefferson Street (502) 574-1107
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Paula McCraney
601 W. Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1107

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Phone Numbers
of Interest

 Air Pollution: 574-6000

Animal Services: 363-6609
or 361-1318

Anonymous Tipline:
574-LMPD (5673)

Brightside: 574-2613

Jefferson County Clerk's Office: 574-5700

Legal Aid: 584-1254

Metro Call: 311 or 574-5000

Metro Parks: 574-7275

Metro Police: (Non Emergency) 574-7111 or 574-2111

Metro Safe: 572-3460
or 574-7111

MSD: 587-0603

PARC: 569-6222

Poison Control: 589-8222

Public Works: 574-5810

Solid Waste Management (SWMS): 574-3571

TARC: 585-1234

Veteran's Affairs: 595-4447

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In this Issue...

Message From McCraney

keep calm

NOTE: My message is written in part from a press release issued by the Louisville Metro Government Communications Department.

Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer held a press conference Thursday to discuss the growing concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Joining the Mayor was Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and the city’s Chief Health Strategist. Together, they stressed that while there are no confirmed or suspected cases in Louisville, the Commonwealth, or Indiana, city and state health officials are monitoring the virus and are poised to respond immediately.

“While the concern over coronavirus is new, preparing for emergencies and disasters and potential threats is part of our DNA at Metro Government,” said the Mayor. “Louisville responded to the Hepatitis A outbreak of 2017, with the CDC calling our response the gold standard. Metro Government also dealt successfully with the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, when we administered more than 22,000 immunizations in a day and a half at drive-thru and walk-in clinics.”

Mayor Fischer also pointed out that Muhammad Ali Airport is not a place where travelers from outside the U.S. arrive directly from other countries and that those who land at our airport have already been screened for COVID-19 in other locations. 

Dr. Moyer stressed that in Louisville “we are at far greater risk from the flu than from COVID-19."  “This year we’ve had more than 7,600 confirmed flu cases in Louisville with 8 deaths,” she said. Dr. Moyer added that while there presently is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, there are some simple things everyone can do to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including the flu and COVID-19. Those are: Washing your hands frequently, covering your cough and sneezing into your sleeve, and if you are sick, staying home. If your child is sick, keep her or him home from school or daycare.

On Wednesday, the CDC announced an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 in a California person who reportedly did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient with COVID-19. It’s possible this could be an instance of community-spread COVID-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States. Community-spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. It’s also possible, however, that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected. 

“This new case underscores the importance of our being ready to respond to COVID-19 in Louisville,” said Dr. Moyer. “And we are ready.”

I have had occasions to sit with Dr. Moyer and talk with her about the health and wellness of Louisville Metro citizens. I find her to be extremely knowledgeable, passionate about her role as our chief health strategist, and above all, I think she's credible. I trust that if she says we, as in "they, the Health Department", are ready, she is stating the fact. I don't have any reason to think otherwise.  So, until she proves me wrong, I will look to her leadership on this potential health threat to our community, and keep calm.

I'm typically not a pessimist; I try my best to be enthusiastic in all matters. But, the truth is, I'm a realist. Coronavirus is to be taken seriously, as evidenced by the reported 3,000 people around the country who have already lost their lives as a result of being infected. I encourage everyone to keep calm and use good judgment when traveling, meeting and greeting people with obvious signs of a cold or the flu, and washing our hands --- often, and correctly.

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Washing our hands properly is a 20-second way to prevent illnesses.  Knowing when and how to wash your hands will help you avoid sickness from the flu and a number of diseases, such as the coronavirus. It seems simple enough, but you’d be surprised by the number of folks who are not washing their hands correctly.

Dr. Gregory Poland, director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine, says: The next time you’re at the sink, “Wash your hands while singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to yourself. You get between the fingers, the fingertips, the thumb. You turn the water off with a paper towel. And [If you're in a public place] you open the door to leave with a paper towel and dispose of the paper towel. That’s how you wash your hands — ideally with warm, soapy water.”



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Meet Your Legislators

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District 7 Resident Honored by Metro Council



Bob Hendersoin

Robert Henderson - shown with Councilwoman McCraney

On Thursday, February 20th, the Metro Council’s Community Affairs, Health and Education Committee hosted a special meeting to honor outstanding residents and volunteers as part of its 18th Annual Black History Month Program.

“Reaffirming Our Diverse Culture” was the continuing theme of the program, which concluded the city-wide month-long celebration of Black History Month in Louisville Metro. The awards ceremony was held in the City Hall Chambers, filled with family, friends and community supporters. 

“The people we honor today, through their efforts, make our community a better place to live,” said  Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2), who chairs the Committee.  “Each year, the Metro Council takes a moment to shine the spotlight on citizens in our districts who work for change and help others. This is our way of thanking them for what they do.”

Councilwoman McCraney was honored to shine the light on and District 7 resident and community servant, Robert "Bob" Henderson. 

Mr. Henderson has lived in District 7 for over 35 years, is married 52 years to his wife, Janie, and has two daughters and two granddaughters.

Bob, as he’s affectionately known, runs errands for seniors, assisted his next door neighbor with building a backyard fence, assists neighbor with planting garden, and shovels snow from driveways for several elderly and disabled neighbors. He is a community servant extraordinaire!

You could hear the audience’s expressions of surprise when they heard that Bob has been a member of his church for 76 years (he doesn’t look old enough!). He was baptized, made 1st communion and confirmation, attended school, and was married at his church. He has served as an active member of the church for over 50 years, and has held various leadership roles within the church, including Parish Council, Finance Council, Men’s Club, Minister of Eucharist since 1975, and Lector. What a faithful volunteer!

Bob has served on several community organization boards and has been recognized with numerous leadership awards, including the Chestnut Street Branch YMCA Black Achievers award.  He was one of 14 delegates from Archdiocese of Louisville, along with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and 3500 others, to attend the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America," July 1-4, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Henderson is very accomplished. He received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Louisville Law School, in May 1977, a Bachelor of Science degree from Kentucky State College, in 1963, and was among the first African American Vice Presidents of a local bank. During his career in banking, Liberty National Bank promoted him to Senior Vice President. Bob rounded out his career with a retirement in 2006, as the Chief Operating Officer for the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office, under the leadership of the Honorable Bobbie Holsclaw, Jefferson County Clerk.

Councilwoman McCraney was honored to work with Bob for eight years at the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office. “Bob was a conscientious and very optimistic executive and boss at the Clerk’s Office. He led with integrity, determination and sincerity. He had a gentleness about him that calmed the most hyper among us --- mainly, me,” said the Councilwoman, as she chuckled.

District 7 salutes our 2020 honoree, Mr. Bob Henderson!  

Proud of You

Save the Date


for the... 

      DISTRICT 7 BUS TOUR        (the first one in a series of tours scheduled in 2020)



Fun!  Fun!!   Fun!!!  Fun!!!!……….AND door prizes, to Boot!

We have a 54-passenger motor coach reserved, and a seat available with YOU in mind!  

Ever wonder how Louisville Water Company makes the best tasting tap water in the nation?

Well, wonder no more!  Councilwoman McCraney has booked a group tour at the WaterWorks Museum at the Louisville Water Tower Park, so that we can discover how good, clean water is made - in just three days from river to our faucet.

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After we tour the Water Tower facility, we will board the bus, enjoy a delicious boxed lunch and take a ride around District 7.  We will learn the make-up and logistics of the District. Plans are to have several home-rule Mayors join us, so that as we ride through their city, they can give us a brief history lesson and show us points of interest.  


And here's the best part of the entire tour:




All details will be outlined in next week's e-Newsletter. In the meantime, MARK YOUR CALENDAR!



Coyotes in the Suburbs


Information from Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife

Coyotes are generally monogamous and maintain pair bonds that can last for several years. The breeding season runs from late December through March, and pups are born in the early spring. Litter size depends on a variety of factors, but typically ranges from four to seven. Coyotes become more aggressive and visible during mating season.

Coyotes, once limited to the prairies of central north America, are now common in suburban and urban areas across the country. Neighborhood and city residents not used to being around these animals often have questions about how to deal with them. A basic understanding of the behavior of coyotes – and following some simple guidelines – can help reduce conflicts with these wild animals.

Coyote sightings increase during certain times of the year. Coyotes roam more as breeding season begins in January and February. Their visibility continues into July as they care for their new pups. Sightings pick up again in the fall, when juveniles disperse to find their own territories.

Coyotes may be less tolerant of people around their dens while they are raising pups, especially when someone gets too close. Coyotes are adaptable animals that can use a variety of dens. sites can include hollow trees or logs, rock crevices, brush piles, abandoned groundhog burrows, self excavated holes, abandoned buildings or junk piles.

Total eradication of coyotes is not possible. Trapping and removing coyotes will only result in new coyotes moving in to occupy empty territories. Efforts to eradicate coyotes can actually increase their numbers: females may breed at younger ages and give birth to larger litters. The survival rate of pups may increase due to less competition for food.

Fortunately, coyotes typically avoid humans – unless people create situations that attract animals to their homes. Communities must work together to maintain the natural fear that coyotes have of humans and create an environment where coyotes and humans can better co-exist.

The number one rule for dealing with coyotes is not to feed them or provide them with a food source. Discourage your neighbors from feeding coyotes or leaving food out for feral cats or other wildlife.

Coyotes fed by people may lose their natural fear of humans and become aggressive. Nature already provides plenty of food for these omnivorous animals. A coyote’s buffet may include mice, rabbits, frogs, insects, carrion, goose eggs and fruit. A coyote in search of an easy meal may also take advantage of dog food left on the porch, unsecured garbage and garden fruits such as watermelon and strawberries.

2020 Census Information


Mayor, community partners declare March 1 - 7 Census Awareness Week

Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville Metro Government agencies, Municipal Complete Count Committee members and other community partners are joining together to declare March 1 - 7 Census Awareness Week in Louisville.  Events taking place across the city encourage residents to learn more about what’s at stake in the 2020 Census and to take action in their communities to help ensure a complete and accurate count.  Visit www.louisvilleky.gov/census starting Feb. 28th for a full list of events.

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Options for Tax Appeals


Important Announcement

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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Seeds Sale!

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Botanical Garden Talk and Reception at the Main Library

Botanical Gardens

Join us this Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Main Library for the opening reception of From Landfill to Landmark: The Genesis of Louisville's Waterfront Botanical Gardens. This new exhibit chronicles the historic journey of one of Louisville's oldest areas from elegant neighborhood to landfill to botanical garden, through photos, artifacts, and stories. Local historian Steve Wiser will be on-hand for a gallery talk on the early days of The Point and Butchertown. The reception and exhibit are both free and open to the public.

Adopt a Dog for a Day



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Movie at the Northeast Library

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Book Sale at the Main Library

Book Sale

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Crime Trends


For the week of Sunday February 16th to Saturday February 22nd

Theft from Automobile - There were a total of twelve thefts from autos, which was a decrease from the previous week. In three of the thefts force was used, five were unlocked and four were by unknown means. Please remember to lock your vehicles and take your valuables out of your car.

See attached maps for more detail.

Auto Theft - There were three reported auto thefts for the week which was an increase from the previous week. In all three of the thefts keys were used. See attached maps for more detail.

Burglary - There was one reported burglary this reporting period which was a decrease from the previous week. This was a residential burglary and entry was not made. See attached maps for more details.

There was one reported Robbery for the reporting period.

1) On 2/20/2020 at 3:03am at Bardstown & Beechwood the suspect was helping the victim move an item. When the victim bent over the suspect struck the victim in the head and told victim to give him his money. Arrested- Michael Looker W/M

LMPD 5th Division Email. 5thdivlmpd@louisvilleky.gov This is an email address that is monitored by the 5th Division Command Staff and District Resource Officers. If you would like to contact us about issues in your neighborhood this is a great way to let us know about it.

We need your help to catch people committing crimes. Many of these crimes occur in a short time. Your call can put us in the right place at the right time. Please make sure you report any suspicious activity you observe.

How to Call:  In an emergency always call 911. If you don't feel it is an emergency but you would like to report it to the police, you can always use the non-emergency line, 574-7111. You will hear a recorded message, you can press 5 and it will go straight to a call taker. It will be entered in as a run to be dispatched and the next available officer will be sent to the area. Crime Trends from Louisville Metro Police Click here and view our interactive crime mapping tool. Save it in your favorites, it's updated daily. Forward this email to your friends and family!

Or use the crime mapping iPhone app: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/crimemapping/id452856454

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING - March 5 @ 1:00 PM - Re: Fountain Avenue / 4700 Westport Road


Just for Fun

Feel Good Story

Dog Strolls Into Police Station...

Posted in Google by Stephen Messenger

Dog at Police Station

Last week, in the wee hours of the morning, an unexpected visitor strolled through the doors of the Odessa Police Department in Texas and hopped up onto the counter.

It was a friendly dog who seemed eager to let officers know of an incident in progress — that a certain someone had gone missing from home.

He, himself.

Sergeant Rusty Martin was among the officers there to receive him, noting that the pup appeared none too distressed by his "lost dog" status. Mostly, he just seemed out for a good time — and he got one.

"We were all excited to have him in the building," Martin told The Dodo. "We had a tennis ball and threw it in the lobby for a bit. Everyone loved on him."


Evidently deciding he'd been "missing" long enough, the dog headed back to his family, all on his own. 

"He ran out just as quick as he came in," Martin said, having posted about the incident on Facebook. "The owner responded the next day [to say that] it was his dog and he had returned home. He lives about a mile from the station."

The dog, who's named Chico, had cracked his first case — albeit one of his own design.

"I was impressed," Martin said. "He may just be cut out for this work."

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For those who want to protect nature from nature: Your cat won’t attack your flowers anymore.


Use a binder clip to use as much toothpaste as possible.

NOTICE: All Metro Council meetings are carried live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184 and U-verse Channel 99. The meetings are also available online at the Metro Council home page at http://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/metro-council-clerk by clicking on the “Watch Meetings Online” button.